Remember 9/11: God Was There

Today we reflect with heavy hearts. If you’re like me, you remember where you were standing when you heard the news. I recall thinking the first plane hitting was merely an accident, a failed engine or other technical problem. When it was declared an act of terrorism, I remember feeling sick with worry, angry about the evil in this world, and overwhelming sadness for the pain and suffering of the victims involved.

This past week The Salvation Army has been using the slogan Remember & Honor. While we remember the events of that day and pray for those still grieving, we honor the servants. Thousands upon thousands of volunteers stepped up to help on the day of the disaster. Emergency response crews from surrounding states rushed to Ground Zero to help. The Salvation Army had 39,000 volunteers help throughout the nine months we were stationed! Surely, we are a nation that knows how to unite for a greater good during times of disaster.

We remember our faith– in both God’s promises and man’s abilities. This spirit of unity, love and compassion is a manifestation of Christ’s presence during times of affliction. We are united through our experiences and through our faith in Christ’s promises. Though we question why these things happen, we give praise that his teachings of brotherly love endure through the sacrifice of others.

We honor the survivors; the victims, policemen, firemen, emergency response crews and volunteers. Though we mourn this day, we know that our nation continues forward stronger, with confidence that our enduring spirit can be tested but it will always empower us. Remembering our faith we thank God for the gifts of unity, compassion, love and strength.

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18.1-2)